HOLY WEEK 2014 – THURSDAY
1 Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, 4 rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. 5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
Just as Jesus and His disciples sat down to share a meal together, Jesus excused himself from the table, prepared a basin of water, grabbed a towel and started washing their feet. This humble act of service was a powerful demonstration of the great love that He had for them. The creator of the universe lowered himslef into the position of a slave by kneeling down and washing the feet of His creation. The one who spoke water into existnece and fashioned man out of dirt is now using that water to wash dirt off the feet of these men. The only thing more humiliating then this would have been to wash the feet of an enemy. But that’s exaclty what Jesus did. Perhaps the most notabe act of humility in this story is that Jesus waited until after he washed their feet to send Judas away (John 13:27). Jesus demonstrated the same love and service toward the one who rejected him as he did toward the ones who accepted him.
- How has Jesus served you?
- How does that impact the way you serve others, inlcuding your enemies?